Jun 12, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) talks with guard Manu Ginobili (20) during the first quarter of game four of the 2014 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Tim Duncan is a Hall of Fame no-brainer for the San Antonio Spurs. So what of his longtime compatriots Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker?
Extensive NBA tenure with San Antonio Spurs makes Parker easy vote
It’s hard to believe that Tony Parker has been around the Spurs since 2001 and he’s only 32-years old. Indeed the six-time NBA All-Star has remained a model of consistency just like his revered teammate, Duncan. He was instrumental in four of the five championships San Antonio has claimed and also enjoyed success in Europe. So what about the Hall of Fame? Quite often the difference for many players lay in a careful balance of stats and success. Thankfully Parker has both. In addition to his history of winning, he has enjoyed a 17 points, six assists and three rebounds per game average for his career. That is right around the numbers of other Hall of Fame point guards such as Tiny Archibald and Gail Goodrich. Not bad company.
Ginobili must hope titles and international success carry him in
The case may be significantly harder to make for teammate Manu Ginobili. Not only has his time with the Spurs been shorter than Parker’s, but Ginobili has also dealt with a number of injury problems over his career. On top of that, he hasn’t played heavy minutes (the most he averaged was 31 per game in 2007-2008). In truth Manu has been one of the best bench players in league history but his stats in the NBA aren’t overwhelming. For his career he has averaged 14 points, four assists and three rebounds per game. Those numbers don’t jump off the page. Nobody will question his leadership or his success. Ginobili is a four-time champion like Parker and was a catalyst of that memorable Argentinean Olympic team that won gold at the 2004 Athens games. He is about as borderline as a player can get for Hall of Fame material.
Summarily speaking, Duncan and the Spurs can expect to see Tony Parker in Springfield after he retires. Manu Ginobili is going to take some work…and luck.